All works pages and most indexes are supposed to contain lists of tropes or work titles in alphabetical order. Standards for alphabetizing may vary; to make things easier to find, we want to keep ours consistent, so please use the rules below even if you're used to alphabetizing things differently somewhere else.

# '''Ignore ''articles'' at the beginnings of titles.''' That is, the words "a", "an", and "the". They're incredibly common and removing them doesn't usually change the meaning of the trope, so it's better just to pretend they're not there at all. For example, TheMagicGoesAway should be alphabetized under M; AGodAmI goes under G.\\\
Do this even for foreign-language articles. The vast majority of all tropes and articles with foreign-language titles are in either Japanese, French or Spanish. Japanese doesn't have any articles, so mostly this just means ignoring "le", "la", "les", and "l'" at the beginning of articles with French titles, or "el", "la", "los", and "las" at the beginning of articles with Spanish titles. For example, LaResistance goes under R.\\\
Be careful, especially with "a", that it's being used as an article in the trope name. For example, ATeamFiring is about ''Series/TheATeam'', not just about "a team", so it should be alphabetized under A.\\\
Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. For example, DaChief and DaEditor don't go under D, but under C and E, respectively.
# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before. Note that hyphens are treated as punctuation.
# '''Shorter entries alphabetize before longer entries containing them.''' BigBad comes before BigBadEnsemble.\\\
Note that the rule still applies if the sole difference between them is a beginning article otherwise ignored. Hence, ''Literature/{{Pyrates}}'' goes before ''Literature/ThePyrates''.
# '''Treat special characters as though they were the corresponding ordinary character(s).''' Mostly this is so accented and non-accented versions of the same name get alphabetized in the same way. For example, ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' should be alphabetized as though it were spelled "Aeon Flux".
# '''Alphabetize by custom titling rather than the database name of the trope.''' For example, HundredPercentCompletion should come before AlphaBitch, since numbers are alphabetized before letters.\\\
For that matter, note that titles starting with numbers are alphabetized digit by digit, not by their value. For example ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' goes before ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (because 2 goes before 3).
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